Plug-In Electric Car Sales In France Keep Growing In February


Renault ZOE

Renault ZOE

Plug-in electric car sales in France increased last month significantly compared to previous years.

In total, some 2,907 plug-in were registered:

  • passenger BEVs – 1,899 (up 74%)
  • passenger PHEVs – 553 (up 145%)
  • commercial BEVs – 455 (up 45%)

Passenger EVs market share stands at nearly 1.5% (1.13% for BEVs). LCVs, are at nearly 1.4%.

The top selling model in France is the Renault ZOE with 1,182 registrations (up 61% year-over-year and 62% of all passenger BEVs)!

It seems that the 30 kWh Nissan LEAF helped to bump sales, as 286 were registered, which is one of the best results ever.

Also of interest, the first eight registrations of Citroën E-Mehari were logged.

BEV Registrations in France – February 2016 (source: Avere-France / AAA data)

BEV Registrations in France – February 2016 (source: Avere-France / AAA data)

BEV Registrations in France – February 2016 (source: Avere-France / AAA data)

BEV Registrations in France – February 2016 (source: Avere-France / AAA data)

Passenger plug-in hybrids:

PHEV Registrations in France – February 2016 (source: Avere-France / AAA data)

PHEV Registrations in France – February 2016 (source: Avere-France / AAA data)

Source: Avere-France / AAA data

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3 responses to "Plug-In Electric Car Sales In France Keep Growing In February"
  1. miggy says:

    Great to see such good growth from France.

  2. jmac says:

    Hybrids were slow to catch on in Europe, no doubt mostly due to competition from high mileage diesels. It took Toyota until December of 2015 to log 1 million hybrid sales, a figure that includes all the Toyota hybrids, not just the Prius.

    There seems to be far more interest in Europe now for plugs-ins than there ever was for straight-up gasoline hybrids. A good example is Norway with 25% market penetration of Phev and EV. The demand for plug-ins today is many times greater than there ever was for standard gas-electric hybrids, like Prius.

    I haven’t run the figures, but I bet EV adoption is occurring throughout Europe much faster than hybrid adoption ever did.

    Last month France plug-in demand was at 1.8% versus only .62% U.S. adoption rate here in the land of the Koch Brothers.

    1. K-lein says:

      I can’t talk for all of Europe, but here in France, Diesel engines were promoted by the government.
      The fuel tax is significantly lower on diesel fuel making it significantly cheaper than gas.
      We only have premium gas compared to America (SP95 or 98) making gasoline even more expensive than diesel.
      Businesses are offered huge tax rebates if they buy diesel cars for their fleets.

      Whenever you buy a car, the dealers systematically recommend diesels since the fuel savings are guaranteed to be recovered by the cheaper fuel. Gasoline cars are mostly considered to be for sports cars only, mostly for their better engine noise.

      The government advertises “clean” cars only as the ones having high mileage and low CO2 emissions, not a word on NOx or HC particulates.
      Whenever ecology activists raise the issue of pollutants other than CO2, the government claims the new versions of the catalytic converters and filters have fixed the problem so there’s no need to worry about it. Even though they know very well it’s a lie. And forbidding old diesels to drive would be too hard on poor families who can’t afford to buy a new car.
      (it’s like tobacco, everybody knew it caused cancer but everybody was scared to do anything against it).

      Most of these pro-diesel incentives are still in place in France, but in the recent year or two, thing have started to change.
      -The government finally offered incentives for replacing old diesels with a new car. (for the first time the government admits old diesels were wrong)
      -The government is talking regularly about medium term plans to how to remove the diesel tax incentives and balance the price between diesel and gasoline. People are making long term plans figure out that diesels won’t be such a good return on investment in the medium to long run.
      -Then the VW dieselgate happened
      -Recent official tests of the overall fleet asked by the government have revealed VW isn’t the only car manufacturer to have real world emissions far exceeding the NEDC requirement.(everybody knew about it but the government refused to admit the issue)